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CMPD decides not to charge anyone in Charlotte killing of former college basketball player

The man, 29-year-old Eric Howell, was killed in a Sunday night shooting in south Charlotte and had been identified as a former college basketball player.
Published: Sep. 9, 2021 at 10:50 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2021 at 2:41 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - CMPD detectives have decided not to charge anyone in the killing of a former college basketball player in Charlotte.

The man, 29-year-old Eric Howell, was killed in a Sunday night shooting in south Charlotte and had been identified as a former college basketball player.

The shooting happened on Deep Rock Circle around 7:30 p.m. on July 25. Police said a man was found with gunshot wounds. He was taken to the hospital where he later died.

On Sept. 9, following the conclusion of the investigation, the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office consulted with CMPD’s Homicide Unit and concurred with the detectives’ decision not to charge anyone in this case.

WBTV reached out to both CMPD and the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office to find out more about why police decided not to charge anyone in this case. The DA office deferred us to police for information.

CMPD responded with a statement saying “the investigation could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the shooter did not act in self-defense.”

Outside of this statement, officials have not released many details about this case, the investigation or anything else about the decision not to charge.

Livingstone College confirmed that Howell previously played basketball for the school.

The college released the following statement about Howell’s death:

WBTV learned that Howell was still playing basketball for a local recreational league in Charlotte.

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